Le-J Jewelry


THIS POST IS BROUGHT TO YOU BY LE – J JEWELRY BUT ALL OPINIONS ARE MY OWN.

Don’t you love it after a nice holiday break, we come back to work thinking it’s a Monday, but it’s actually a Wednesday? Makes getting through that first week a little easier. Second post on the blog kicking into the new year is all about a newly discovered jewelry brand - where I had met the founder at a press preview for a cashmere line. I love how New York always has a tendency to bring so many people together. :) Read more about this great jewelry collection (more releases coming very soon!) along with a fun earring editorial shoot by clicking the button right below!

Founded in 2017 by designer & CEO Choco XU, Le-J is a luxury accessories brand. Fusing an innovative design aesthetic with the rich heritage of Italian craftsmanship. In 2018, Choco designed to bring this brand into New York, establishing Le-J’s influence on the luxury jewelry space. Le-J collaborates with multi-generational Asian artisan families allowing a fusion of traditional processes and quality materials, with innovative design ideas defining new Modern Luxury. I was fortunate enough to cross paths with Choco at a press preview for a clothing brand, but as soon as I took a look at her jewelry designs, I was immediately drawn to the aesthetic and craftsmanship of the pieces.

I have a pair of assymetric star drop earrings that I styled last month in a velvety holiday look (link HERE) along with these amazing gold hoop earrings with pearls perched ever so delicately – a classic look. I find these earrings perfect for someone who’s style is modern minimal chic. For some reason when I looked at these earrings I instantly thought of Robin Hood, but a female version. I definitely tend to feel more inspired/creative when working with quality people and quality pieces. It’s a no-brainer. How would you style these earrings? There’s a million and one ways, which is why they’re so perfect for everyday style, day-to-night looks and more.

These Le – J earrings are only $65, but I rounded up similar pieces for everyone to pick and choose to their liking, since I know how picky I can be with my jewelry! I hope your week is going as chic as these earrings and will continue to sparkle all throughout the week and into the new year. Tomorrow I will be getting my hair done… and I’m going to go a little different! So stay tuned for a change, nothing too drastic but yeah, I think it’s great to keep evolving as a constant. Just like my work, I’m hoping to bring you fresher, bigger, better content in 2019! So here goes!!!

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My Jewelry with Wolf 1834

WEARING: VINCE CAMUTO MEN'S SHIRT | VICTORIA'S SECRET RED LACE SET | 
BO FACTOR BUGGY BABOUCHE SLIPPERS | WOLF 1834 CAROLINE JEWELRY BOX | 
WOLF 1834 CAROLINE TRAVEL CASE | WEST ELM FAUX FUR OMBRE THROW | 
WELDER MOODY WATCH | PERSOL EYEGLASSES 

THIS POST IS BROUGHT TO YOU BY WOLF 1834BO FACTOR AND WELDER WATCH.

Happy Monday! I hope your weekend was well spent with loved ones recuperating for the upcoming week. Sometimes there's just nothing better than lounging around and relaxing because after all we are human and we do need that break in between the non-stop on-the-go routine. Especially after a rough week that literally feels like it kicked your ass, you need to reset and reboot. Just a quick thank you to those who do take the time to read and look at my work - your support means the world to me and keeps me going; wanting to do better and share more. So thank you once again. ❤️

One thing that's been on my never-ending list of things to do is organizing my closet along with my jewelry for the spring season. Since moving I've barely had any time to clean up anything, so this weekend I really made the effort to do that! And it is my belief that whenever anyone feels down in the dumps, one of most therapeutic things you can do for yourself is making space and de-cluttering your life. In today's post, I'm sharing with you guys my jewelry (not all of it because I have A LOT), but more especially, my newfound love for WOLF, a company that has been crafting jewelry boxes since 1834! (Plus additional items you'll definitely want to learn more about.) Continue reading for more, as well as my new favorite pair of slippers and gold mesh watch!

The Caroline is a signature WOLF jewelry case, defined by its distinctive quilted exterior and classic shape. Includes quilted black leather, anti-tarnish LusterLoc™ allows the fabric lining the inside of your jewelry cases to absorb the hostile gases known to cause tarnishing. Under typical storage conditions, LusterLoc™ may prevent tarnishing for up to 35 years. LusterLoc™ lining, gold finished lock, glass mirror, 3 compartments and travel case with 4 compartments and 6 ring rolls. I received the small jewelry box along with the travel case (perfect for my wanderlust addicts) and found that I can pack a LOT in just these two compartments! WOLF has been a European icon since 1834. The luxury leather-goods company designs the world's most exquisite jewelry cases, watch winders and boxes. Still family led, WOLF prides itself on the undying pursuit of perfection, luxury, and style. Use my code, 'SUZANNE15' for 15% off your purchase at WOLF!

Babouche slippers in bed

One new piece to add to my collection is the WELDER Moody Stainless Steel Mesh Dual Time Rose Gold-Tone Watch. Photochromic glass appears to change color according to the angle of the light and the color of your outfit; crown and pushers are placed at the left side as the signature of WELDER Watches, 38mm stainless steel, rose gold-tone case with mineral dial window, stainless steel mesh band with hook buckle closure; unisex watch for men and women, dual time quartz movement with date function, and more. It's also water resistant to 50 meters; in general, suitable for short periods of recreational swimming, but not diving or snorkeling. I would say the two colors I've been seeing firsthand from this particular watch are green and red. Isn't it gorgeous?!

Lastly are my new favorite slippers from Bo Factor! These PTYLO Babouches are so chic, I simply love the red velour and detailed embroidered bumblebees! Being partly Korean, I still hold certain traditions even as an adult and still can't wear shoes in the house! EVER! So these slippers are perfect for the home, but because they are so freaking stylish and I'm dying to wear them with an outfit, I think you'll be seeing these out and about on the town painting it 'red'... so to speak ;) Check out Bo Factor for a variety of styles - there's more minimal ones along with flashier too, such as a sequined pair... oh, la la! Side note: catching up on last week's NYT's (style section yasss) and The Photography Show (AIPAD). What do you guys think of my new items? Would love to hear from you, don't forget to drop your them in the comments section down below. You can also shop items/products from this shoot at the beginning and end of the blog post, cheers! 

A girl in bed.

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Aphrodite – The Goddess of Love

WEARING: LELET NY SEASHELL HEADBAND | GET FLOATY PINK SEASHELL | LELET NY GOLD BODY CHAIN

THIS POST IS BROUGHT TO YOU BY GET FLOATY & LELET NY.

It's not always easy to constantly have to explode with creativity and ideas, not to mention everything else that comes with what I do, such as marketing, meetings, photo shoots and then some. And particularly in photography, such as it goes in life, the magic won't always happen. On some days, you will not be able to achieve what you envisioned. It can't always be the greatest work of your life. And that's a tough pill to swallow for someone like me, who has become a bigger perfectionist than I already was – if that was even possible! 

For the longest time, I had the idea to photograph my perspective of Greek & Roman goddesses. I've been fascinated with mythology since I was a child and wanted to put a modern twist on these women. At first, I kept scouting for friends, models, even strangers... anyone that would fit the bill, so to speak. But for whatever reason, nothing seemed to click. I couldn't get into the groove of things. And then one day, while in the shower of all places (because that's where I seem to put my thinking cap on – literally) a lightbulb went off. Why am I not doing this myself? Because I have had many photographers advise me on focusing on self-portraits, I figured why the heck not, right? And so I bring you one of the most familiar goddesses: Aphrodite or Venus. 

Whenever I think of Aphrodite, the Goddess of Love, I am immediately drawn to Botticelli's painting, 'The Birth of Venus'. She is depicted being born straight from a seashell. I definitely wanted to somehow embody this cute symbolism into the photo shoot. I styled my hair (even braided my own hair for a change!) with a gorgeous headband from LELET NY. They are a modern luxury hair accessory brand that really juxtaposes the feminine and fierce, what is modern with what is nostalgic and creates accessories to match the dichotomy of today's woman. I knew they would be perfect for a photo shoot like this! I also fell hard in love with one of their body chains, simple yet ultra chic and even decadent.

As for the other accessory, I found the most adorable floaty brand online while searching for seashells! Get FLOATY carries it all, whatever you want (in terms of floaties) and super quick on delivery! I also really appreciated how convenient it was to inflate it, I did it with my hair dryer in less than three minutes! When it came to what Aphrodite would wear, I initially was going for a bikini, but it just wasn't working in a studio setting. So going back to the Botticelli painting, Aphrodite is nude, and because this is kind of a birth to a new project I will be embarking on with depicting different Greek & Roman goddesses in the next coming months, I found it (eventually) to be rather fitting to shoot with nothing but the accessories on. Lastly, makeup was also done by me and I kept it screeching hot pink. Why? I guess to add a bit of punch and play to color, but also to try something different since I don't normally wear pink eyeliner on any given day, and you know what? I kind of like it! What do you guys think of this new series and this photo shoot? Leave your comments down below! I always (may not always agree) love to hear from you guys :)  

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Soft Toughness

WEARING: FOREVER 21 FAUX LEATHER BOMBER JACKET |
VINTAGE BLACK & WHITE FLORAL PRINT CHOKER BLOUSE |
J BRAND JEANS MID-RISE SKINNY BLACK | 
SEPCOEUR PARIS SUEDE DRAWSTRING BAG | VERSACE BY H&M GOLD FLOWER RING | 
GUESS CARRIE BLACK SATIN PUMPS 

Spring has sprung - well, sort of. The funky, somewhere in between winter and spring weather has got me bundling up in layers one day, and then strippin' 'em off the next! So, in tune with this unsteady climate, I wanted to incorporate a big trend, and one of my all-time favorite ways to style, the soft and the toughness together. I always find the combination of soft, feminine pieces with hard rock -n- roll textures and shapes to be quite interesting. A superb example? Check out Chloé's SS16 runway show from PFW. Perfect representation of this.

For this look, I paired up a vintage choker blouse I've had in my closet for years with a high-ponytail. I curled my hair to give it extra bounce to bring out the dancing playfulness from the blouse. To enhance the feminine pieces, I added a bangle from Express, vintage earrings, and a gold flower ring from Versace by H & M (on top with my engagement ring and wedding band). I also kept my makeup light and fresh to stay with the romantic yet free-spirited feel of the entire outfit.

As for the toughness, I had to go with my favorite faux leather bomber jacket from Forever 21. I don't shop as much there now that I'm getting older, but I still hold a few pieces, near and dear to me, through the years. They do have some decent stuff! More black on black means my go-to J Brand skinny jeans with my wedding shoes! Yes, you read that correct! I know some women solely pick out their dream shoes for when they get married only to wear it once. And that's totally cool! But I'm sentimental and I like to wear things that remind me of who I am and where I started from. You see that red Fender guitar pick on the sole of one of my Guess pumps? It belonged to my father. Since he could not be at our wedding because of his passing, I, of course, had to carry something that I knew was very important to him. And that was his guitar playing every day. When I wear these shoes, I feel like I'm marching on to the beat of his drum - or rather, his music. He always used to say, "keep on keeping on". 🎶

Lastly, I want to tell you about an amazing not-for-profit organization I will be collaborating with, that's paving their way in helping everyone have access to healthcare! How can you help pay for the trips of volunteer nurses IN FULL to impoverished countries around the world and at the same time not feel guilty about owning a designer handbag? By re-selling your donated purses to Purses for Nurses! It's that simple! You can either donate your purses OR you can purchase a gorgeous designer purse and all proceeds go to aiding in better healthcare to all. The Sep Coeur Paris drawstring bag from this look is from them! They've got Coach, Dooney & Bourke, Burberry, Gucci, Kate Spade and more! Please go check them out here now!

Coming up this week on the blog, a full recipe post on those sesame broccoli bites AND another post on my very first Korean-inspired cocktail recipe! Stay tuned... you'll definitely won't want to miss out on these! 😊❤️

Photos by Gilles Decamps

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Sunday Sporty Chic

WEARING: ASSEMBLY NEW YORK BLACK BELT COAT |
EXPRESS STRIPED ONE ELEVEN LONG SLEEVE RIBBED TEE | 
FOREVER 21 BLACK PENCIL SKIRT | LOUIS VUITTON BROWN MUSETTE TANGO BAG | 
AE CHAMBRAY WESTERN SHIRT | NIKE REVOLUTION 3 RUNNING SHOES IN BLACK

The hills are alive with the sound(s) of black on black, a little chambray and some Louis! Isn't this scenic backdrop straight up from something Julie Andrews starred in?! I'm still daydreaming over the New York Botanical Garden's views - it was out of this world and the perfect day trip. After spending the day enjoying the 'Orchidelirium' exhibition (and simultaneously walking over 5 miles in the process), the hubby and I ended the day outside where the light was absolutely gorgeous and with one last stroll through the gardens, we opted for some photos.

I'm big on black and black. Tell me one New Yorker who isn't! Pairing up my new favorite coat from Assembly New York with a black mattelassé pencil skirt from Forever 21 gives length and slenderness. And I call this coat my "confidence" coat. Whenever I wear it, I feel like the ultimate girl boss! Every woman should have a piece like this in her closet. I like to think of them as your lucky charms because wherever you'll go, you'll exude self-confidence, and then, of course, embodying total and complete empowerment. Girls, we run this motha (yeah!)

I knew we'd be doing a lot of walking, so I went with my day-to-day Nike kicks. They're the ultimate comfort and pretty much go with everything I have. Adding to the sporty chic vibe and to give texture & contrast, I chose a striped ribbed tee from Express and layered that with a Western chambray shirt from American Eagle. Final touches include a classic Louis Vuitton bag, accessorized with my most recent and favorite jewelry thanks to Rockbox. The Mother of Pearl necklace in ivory is from Kendra Scott, the marble triangle stud earrings are from SLATE and the Lixa ring is from Moon & Lola. Sign-up with my code suzannespiegoskixoxo to get your first month free of unlimited designer jewelry from Rocksbox! You'll love it! I'm obsessed, it's like having your very own personal jewelry stylist! 😊❤️

Coming up in the next couple of days will be part 2 of my trip to the NYBG, focusing more on the desert section of the exhibition. STAY TUNED...

Photos by Gilles Decamps

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